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I have a quick question that I would like to get answered since I have very limited knowledge on this subject.

I am in the process of moving and would like to set up my computer audio with my home entertainment system.
This is my home audio system


I know I can set it up via my 6950 HDMI but I was wondering if I would get better sound quality if the sound would come from my soundcard into the home theater system or if it makes no difference at all and using the HDMI cable would yield the same results?

I am planning on mounting my flatscreen tv above my computer monitor and setting up 5.1 sound for both.
Edited by RaCeR123 - 10/25/11 at 11:34am
post #2 of 8
Just stick with using the HDMI.
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post #3 of 8
Audio over HDMI will yield the same sound quality as optical out or analog
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Thanks for the quick responses. I have one final question.

Is there anyway to have it setup so that the speakers would work without having to have the TV on? As of right now the only way to get the sound to work from my PC to the receiver is if I set up my TV as a "2nd" monitor.
post #5 of 8
What? That doesn't make any sense. Are you going hdmi from computer to tv? You should connect the computer directly to the receiver.
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post #6 of 8
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Ok let me try to make it clearer.

| TV | - | AUDIO RECEIVER | - | HDMI1 - CABLE | / | HDMI 2 - XBOX | / | HDMI 3 - PS3 | / | HDMI 4 - COMPUTER |.

So it goes from the TV to the receiver and from the receiver to the computer. The computer is plugged in directly to the receiver. But in order for me to get sound the TV has to be ON, since the the TV is the main HDMI.

I don't know how else to explain it, I suppose I could draw a picture lol.
post #7 of 8
That still doesn't make any sense. There is no "main HDMI." There's an HDMI output to your tv, but that's it. HDMI inputs 1-4 should work just fine. All you should need to do is make sure input 4 is selected after you turn on the receiver, and the audio should work just fine.
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post #8 of 8
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OK well I thought you would have known what I meant with it, yes the TV is connected via the HDMI out.

So now that we have that cleared up, right? Let's get back to the problem.
The TV has to be ON otherwise my computer doesn't recognize the TV as a "2nd" monitor and the sound doesn't work. I don't know what I am doing wrong but it has to on no matter what. The second I turn the TV off the sound automatically switches to my XONAR soundcard and HDMI is grayed out in the playback devices list.
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